Former Supt. of RI State Police named YMCA’s new CEO


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The former superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police already has a new job.

Steven O’Donnell was elected by the Board of Directors Thursday to be the new CEO of the Greater Providence YMCA, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

“Steve O’Donnell brings integrity, strong leadership and an unparalleled understanding of all communities in Rhode Island, and we are excited Steve has chosen to join us in the next stage of his remarkable career,” said Gayle Corrigan, Chairperson of the Greater Providence YMCA Board of Directors. “Steve is the right person to lead the Y as it seeks to reestablish its presence in Providence and grow membership.  I am confident he will further the mission of the YMCA and maintain the unique place it holds in the fabric of Rhode Island.”

O’Donnell retired last month after serving as Colonel for the RI State Police for five and a half years. O’Donnell spent more than 30 years in law enforcement.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the Greater Providence YMCA, which has been at the forefront of building and supporting strong families and strong communities in Rhode Island for more than 160-years,” said Steven G. O’Donnell, CEO of the Greater Providence YMCA. “My entire career has been built on a foundation of community service and building bridges with people from all walks of life and all communities, and I look forward to helping advance and strengthen the mission of the YMCA of Greater Providence.”

A formal announcement will take place Friday morning.

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